Panama City Beach restaurants were affected after Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) - On October 1, 2018, Tim Jacobi opened Angry Tuna on the Panama City Beach. But just nine days later, Hurricane Michael Panhandle struck a wrench in plans for many restaurants near Pier Park that had been hoping for the fall events.
"Some events were affected and rejected, or just couldn't happen at the time," said Lacee Rudd, public relations manager for the Panama City Beach visit.
In 2019, the number of summer tourism remained unchanged from previous years, but due to the resettlement of so many people following Hurricane Michael, restaurants had problems keeping enough staff.
"Most of the people who work for me were transitory, so they paid rent, they didn't own homes, so they had to find other rentals and it was almost impossible in the area. So they had to actually leave," Jacobi said.
"There were so many dwellings inside the city that were going to get a lot of our help, and it really was a burden for a lot of people here," said Mike Thomas, Mayor of Panama City Beach.
From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, Panama City Beach raised over $ 18 million in tourism, about $ 5 million more than last year, according to a study by the Tourism Development Council.